Progressive Era Politics

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Progressive Era Politics In A Nutshell It seemed a triumphant moment when the United States catapulted to the top of the world's industrial producers by the end of the nineteenth century. The bitter legacy of the Civil War seemed to have subsided (for whites , at least) as the country got down to the business of technological advancement, manufacturing efficiency, transportation revolution, and wealth creation. Yet many Americans fell behind as the nation raced toward the future; the poor seemed to be growing in number and forming a distinct urban underclass, crammed into slums and with little hope of advancement. At the same time, industrial titans amassed great fortunes unprecedented in American history; the gulf between "haves" and "have nots" had never seemed as wide. Predictable resentments on the part of the poor against the rich exploded into raw class antagonism with the revelation of acts of corruption and shady dealings on the part of some businessmen. Strikes often ended in violence; the specter of all-out class warfare loomed ominously over the country. Even as the United States surged toward a new century of industrial
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